The wooded slopes and superb views of Semnoz (elevation 1700m), less than 30 minutes' drive from Annecy, make an ideal setting for families just getting into skiing. The piste and lift network are limited, but there are lift tickets for just two hours (adult/child €9.20/7.40) if you only want a taste of the snow. In summer there's luge, biking and hiking.

Local buses reach Semnoz from Annecy (€5.60, 45 minutes, three daily) but timetables vary depending on season; ask at Annecy's tourist office.